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Re: How to auto print empty measures?

From: Aaron Hill
Subject: Re: How to auto print empty measures?
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:16:43 -0800
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On 2018-12-29 7:59 am, Reggie wrote:
loll it's literally in the OP title of thread auto print empty just like finale and sebelius do when you begin engraving a piece of music. :)) you'll
see what i am meaning when all is done

Forgive me, but that makes no sense. LilyPond is not a WYSIWYG-style editor. I am failing to understand how the behavior of those graphically-interactive tools matters in the slightest to the output of LilyPond.

It has already been shown how to get LilyPond to emit empty measures if that is truly desired, so I think any continued discussion needs to be focused on *why* this is even an important or useful feature.

What is the point of these empty measures? That is, to what degree is seeing extra staff lines going to help the process of using LilyPond, a text-driven tool?

I think LilyPond's current output behavior is ideal, since it very precisely renders exactly what you input. If you provide multiple instruments with varying lengths of music, then you will see staves of varying lengths. It is a strong visual indicator of the discrepancy.

-- Aaron Hill

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